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Aurelia Studio B Headphone Amp
« on: June 20, 2019, 05:52:51 PM »
  • Item: Aurelia Studio B Headphone Amp
  • Price: R 1200
  • Condition: Perfect ... 9/10
  • Packaging: Has a makeshift box
  • Location: Pretoria East
  • Collection: Preferred
  • Shipping: Buyer's cost and risk R100 Postnet to Postnet
  • Reason for Sale: Way too many headphone amps

For the uninitiated, this is a piece of South African head-fi history.  Almost 10 years ago Gert designed and built around 30 of these.  My one is the upgraded Studio B (or Boutique) version with upgraded pot, caps and a few other tweaks.  I got it earlier this year to see if it was any good, and the short answer is it is plenty good. 

I posted these impressions on a chat group a few days after I got it.

"OK some thoughts on the Aurelia Studio B.  I did not expect much from this amp.  It is based on a TPA6120 opamp after all, which although very well-specified for headphone amp service, was surely intended for mobile amps, DAP's, and high-end smartphones.  Apart from some low-key Chinese models (SMSL SAP-1 and SAP-9, Topping A30, HA-info, FX-AUDIO PH-A2, etc) it has never been used in a desktop unit. 

To put it bluntly, this amp is much better than it has a right to be.  The sound signature is very close to the much-wanted SPL Phonitor - very linear through the range, nicely detailed and reasonable dynamic impact.  Because of the lower gain, it works a treat with sensitive IEM's as well as full sized cans up to 300 ohm (donít have any 600ohm one's ATM). 

As a full-sized headphone amplifier for the price of mid-range Fiio portable, I cannot recommend the Aurelia strong enough.  It is plenty powerful and transparent enough for anyone starting out in head-fi to experiment with a range of over-ear headphones, then buy a better amp to suit the chosen headphones.  I cannot think of a more cost-effective entry into this very rewarding hobby."


Pics below are from the internet - mine is serial number 00010.  Actual pics by whatsapp if required.




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Re: Aurelia Studio B Headphone Amp
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2019, 07:09:23 PM »
Am I first in line? If so, I'd like to buy it back please.
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Re: Aurelia Studio B Headphone Amp
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2019, 07:50:18 PM »
On hold in that case ...
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